Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29278
Hints and tips by KiwiColin
BD Rating – Difficulty ***– Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
A solo flight again this week. Grand-parental duties being the excuse.
While we have been enjoying warm dry conditions lately, further south, in the lower portion of the South Island where we were camping almost a year ago, they have been having torrential rain causing considerable flooding with lots of roads washed out and people needing helicopter evacuations. Just hope these weather systems don’t come this far north.
Another fine puzzle from Jay. It took me a little longer than usual (perhaps because I was solo) so I have given it 3 stars for difficulty.
Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.
1a Soldiers on service account for killing (8)
MASSACRE: In the order they appear in the answer we have, a church service, the abbreviation for account and engineering soldiers.
5a Condition after end of side effects (6)
ESTATE: The last letter of ‘side’ plus condition or circumstance.
10a Returning students go wrong (4,2)
SLIP UP: When the answer is reversed and written as one word we find ‘students’.
12a Keep changing mind as poorly during leave (9)
VACILLATE: A three letter word for poorly or unwell is inside leave or depart.
14a Pretty clever (4)
CUTE: Double definition.
19a Go from bad to worse? (7)
RELAPSE: To repeat an indiscretion.
21a Damage caused by son in bed (4)
COST: A bed that might be occupied by an infant contains s(on).
24a Bitter about Conservative purge (5)
SCOUR: Bitter or acidic surrounds C(onservative).
25a Clone it and replace free (9)
REPLICATE: An anagram (free) of IT and REPLACE.
27a Somewhat treasonous motive (6)
REASON: A lurker hiding in the clue.
28a Deliberate volume of business cut in half (4,4)
TURN OVER: When the two words of the clue are joined together (not cut in half) we find ‘volume of business’.
29a Substitute unknown by 13 in order (6)
ERSATZ: An anagram (in order) of the answer to 13a plus one of the letters used in mathematics for an unknown.
1d 27 shift across this, oddly (6)
MOTIVE: The first and third letters of ‘this’ are inside a synonym for shift or displace.
2d The origin of gravy, reportedly (6)
SOURCE: A homophone of a dressing added to food.
3d A Scandinavian set up for shock (5)
APPAL: ‘A’ from the clue and the reversal of an inhabitant of a region in Finland.
6d Rent objectives may be shock problem (5,4)
SPLIT ENDS: A rent or schism and objectives or aims.
7d Ring in copy and finally asked for a review (8)
APPEALED: Ring or make a sound with a bell is inside a verb meaning to copy and then the final letter of ‘and’.
8d Removing protection from wild pigeons — about ten (8)
EXPOSING: An anagram (wild) of PIGEONS contains the Roman numeral ten.
11d Drop area covered by graduate teacher (4)
BEAD: The abbreviation for area is surrounded by the degree a teacher may hold.
15d Uniform and hairdo in job at a higher level (9)
UPPERMOST: U(niform), then a type of hair styling is enclosed by a job or position.
17d Keep quiet and hold back (8)
PRESERVE: The musical notation for quiet and hold back or retain for later.
18d Losers from orchestra wearing type of sweater succeeded (4-4)
ALSO RANS: The orchestra based at the Barbican Centre is inside a type of sweater named for
a Scottish an Irish island and finally s(ucceeded).
21d Apprehension as fitting in therapy (7)
CAPTURE: A three letter word meaning ‘fitting’ is within a successful therapy.
26d Popular idiot’s common supplementary question, right? (5)
INNIT: The two letter ‘popular’ and an idiot or dolt.
Lots to choose from again but my last one to get sorted was 7d so I’ll go with that for favourite.
Quickie pun goes + Tories = ghost stories